The Aral Sea
The Aral Sea area is disappearing dramatically. Towns and villages-ails, standing on the seashore many years ago, now are in 100-150 km from the water. Local people leave the former seashore, and those, who have no place to go, make occasional money. There are many projects on rescuing the Aral Sea, but in reality almost nothing is going on. If the Aral Sea shrinking goes the same speed, in 2015 the sea vanishes from the face of the earth.
A region center of Karakalpakstan autonomy republic - Muynak, started to be a town in 1963. The main object of the town was the sea port. Fish, delivered here by many fishermen ships, was processed in a big fish cannery. Now the distance from the port to seashore is around 140-150 km. This Uzbek ghost city is a symbol of Aral sea dying: empty streets, closed shops and cinemas. However not a long time ago Muynak was a rich town. Perfect sandy beaches and lots of fish were giving job and money to all town. Almost disappeared tracks of the old life are still visible. There’s the city emblem at the entrance to Muynak - a big fish. Huge concrete fish warehouse boxes are near the former port. Decades ago they were covered by dry reed and clay to preserve cool inside. Fish, placed to vats with water, stayed alive for a long time. There’s still fish smell exists, so it seems that the last fish yield from the Aral sea was just yesterday.